June 2020

Data & Insights: How to Know What Farmers Grow & Strengthen Seed Systems

Download article as PDF Imagine a system which delivers timely, accurate, reliable information on crop variety adoption and diffusion to seed sector stakeholders––governments, research institute, seed companies and farmers. A system which takes guessing out of the equation and instead delivers objective data for monitoring crop improvement progress, seed system effectiveness, planning for seed multiplication...

Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

Download article as PDF Agriculture is the fulcrum of Africa’s economy, with growth-enabling roles that cut across all crucial sectors despite its seemingly dwindling share of the continent’s GDP. In the wake of sustained efforts to translate economic challenges into opportunities, the African farmer is at the core of it, and has to continuously reengineer...

Demand For Indigenous Vegetables Soar As Residents Grapple With Covid- 19 Economic Shocks

Download article as PDF As  Kenyans grapple with economic shocks following outbreak and spread of coronavirus pandemic heavy rains witnessed in Nakuru have come with sorts of relief following increased supply of African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVS) at various food outlets and markets in the region. A spot check at main farm produce outlets at Afraha...

Does the smallholder farmer have access to quality inputs?

Download article as PDF With the onset of kharif (monsoon) in the southern states of India, the majority of farmers have started procurement of inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Amidst COVID-19 induced disruptions in input production and distribution, the state governments are making efforts to ensure timely distribution of inputs to farmers. Based...

COVID-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system

Download article as PDF The World Food Programme has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause one of the worst food crises since World War II. It predicts a doubling of the number of people going hungry – more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa. While wealthier people stay inside and practise physical distancing, the economically marginalised populations risk going...

Government and research bodies expand seeds support to over 10,000 Nigerian smallholders to shield agriculture from Covid-19

Download article as PDF Farmers in 13 states of Nigeria will receive improved seeds of sorghum, pearl millet, cowpea and rice as a part of an initiative to cushion the pandemic’s impact on food systems. A host of agricultural research institutes, led by ICRISAT, and the Nigerian government recently launched the seed support initiative. Flagging-off...

New partnership inked with AGRA to boost improved technology uptake in Africa’s agriculture

Download article as PDF ICRISAT-led AVISA project is partnering with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to enhance uptake of modern technologies, including improved crop varieties.  The new partnership will utilize AGRA’s extensive networks to bridge gaps in market access to early maturing and high nutrition varieties, and is also expected to...

A strategic guide: working towards food security in the drylands, through covid-19 and beyond

Download article as PDF ICRISAT is well positioned to significantly contribute to efforts towards restoring food security in the drylands, while combating the COVID-19 pandemic-related impacts and beyond. Here is a quick guide outlining ways in which we can collaborate with our partners and influence positive outcomes for smallholder farmers. Background The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Nigeria seeds new hope for vulnerable smallholders

Download article as PDF At the best of times, smallholders face numerous challenges. COVID-19 has added hugely to the burden. Our Foundation is helping farmers win through*. In Nigeria, the focus is on seed. To raise yields and succeed, smallholders need better seed. That’s a key thought behind the AVISA initiative – Accelerated Varietal Improvement and...

What African farmers and processors say about the covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns

Download article as PDF Farmers and other key stakeholders in Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal speak up about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting them and what their concerns are as they approach the 2020-2021 cropping season. Digital extension and advisory services, online payments and fund transfers, and virtual learning platforms were...

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